About Anna Sevortian

Anna Sevortian is a consultant with Human Rights Watch.

Articles by Anna Sevortian

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Darian Meacham, Europe the Very Idea team Francesco Tava, Europe the Very Idea team Darian Meacham and Francesco Tava introduce this week's theme: Old ideas for a new Europe.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Which way?

‘NGO’ has become a dirty word in Russia. The organisations most committed to helping Russia develop a meaningful civil society have become pariahs, branded as ‘foreign agents.’ Under the tightened screws, we are asking the question: ‘Do NGOs in Russia have any future?’

The government inspectors

Gogol's government inspector was a figure of fun. Russia's new government inspectors are anything but funny.


Russian rights at the crossroads

Anna Sevortian and Tanya Lokshina of Human Rights Watch present a new week-long series on openDemocracy Russia

Moscow attempts to elbow Strasbourg aside

For many in Russia the word ‘Strasbourg’ is identified with justice and the protection of human rights and the European Court receives thousands of applications every year. But recent proposed amendments to Russian laws would make the process of applying to Strasbourg more complicated and give the Russian Constitutional Court powers to override judgments from Strasbourg, says Anna Sevortian

Anna Sevortian

One quarter of a century earlier than openDemocracy, on 12 May 1976, the Moscow Helsinki Group was born. It emerged from a dissident idea which reasoned that citizen groups can and should observe governments’ compliance with international human rights agreements. It was a movement that transformed the world and our understanding of politics. If there is one thing we have learnt from this history, it is that the single most powerful way to progress is greater intellectual freedom and open exchange of ideas and information. openDemocracy will play a central role in delivering that, right up to 2050.

Many problems, but one purpose: human rights in Russia

Russian human rights activists routinely put themselves in danger’s way, but are largely unappreciated and mistrusted by their compatriots. In times of despair, Anna Sevortian is brought back to one thing: idealism.

Russia’s seeds of change

The campaign for the elections to the Duma (parliament) in Russia on 2 December 2007 is being conducted amid what looks like a wall of popular indifference.This should in principle be the moment when Russians recover their passion for politics; yet it often seems that those most concerned about the fate of democracy in Russia are non-Russians.

Anna Sevortian works at the Center for the Development of Democracy and Human Rights in Moscow

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